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'Harry Potter' Afraid of Clowns

By (BI) Ian Moulton

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Fears, phobias and superstitions are the topic of the day every Friday the 13th and this Friday the 13th is no exception. Results were announced today from a national "What Scares You?" survey. When Disneyland asked some of today's hottest celebrities "What Scares You?" they were surprised to learn that "Harry Potter" himself, Daniel Radcliffe, fears clowns while Jennifer Love Hewitt and Serena Williams are still afraid of monsters under their bed! The national survey revealed that 56 percent of American adults* admit they fear, or have feared monsters.

The Disneyland "What Scares You?" survey polled top celebrities, more than 4,000 adults and 1,600 youth across the United States to gauge their biggest fears.

Celebrity Scares:


  • Daniel Radcliffe may not scare easily as Harry Potter or in real life but when it comes to clowns, forget it. The star of "Harry Potter" series says "scary" noises also give him the spooks!

  • It seems Jennifer Love Hewitt can handle the dead in her new TV drama "Ghost Whisperer," but she better not run into any monsters! She and tennis great Serena Williams admit they are still afraid of the dark and monsters under the bed.

  • "Joan of Arcadia" actress Amber Tamblyn says monsters under her bed and aliens, no problem -- just no crowded elevators, please!

  • Pop singer and tween heartthrob Jesse McCartney says he doesn't scare easily, but definitely does not want to be locked in a closet, surrounded by clowns or stranded in a deserted area with no one around.

  • Rock star Sheryl Crow was nice enough to share her scares too --heights and hearing "scary" noises frighten her the most!

  • He plays "Walt Lloyd" in "Lost" who's best friend is his dog Vincent, but Malcolm David Kelley is just a good actor. In reality, he's really scared of animals, especially large dogs and sharks!


    Disneyland's "What Scares You?" survey found that 55 percent of youth and 43 percent of adults remember thinking that monsters were in or around their house. Where exactly? Many kids and teens thought monsters were in their closet (25 percent) or under their bed (21 percent), compared to adults who feared monsters were in their closet (20 percent) and/or under their bed (20 percent).

    The survey found that 86 percent of adults and 91 percent of youngsters admitted to being very scared of something. Nearly one-in-five adults (18 percent) also said they are scared of more things now than they were as a child. Adults admit to other scares, including snakes (38 percent), fear of heights (36 percent), watching scary movies (22 percent) and the dark (eight percent).

    In addition to scary noises (42 percent), 40 percent of youngsters admit they are scared of bugs, while 39 percent say scary movies do the trick. Children also admit they are very afraid of the dark (29 percent) and being home alone (22 percent).

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